Gaza’s Hospitals and Health Centers Face Imminent Shutdown Due to Fuel Shortages

Gaza’s remaining hospitals, health centers, and oxygen stations are on the verge of shutting down within the next 48 hours due to a lack of fuel to power their generators, according to a statement from Gaza’s Health Ministry shared on Telegram. The closure of the Rafah border crossing by Israel has severely limited the supply lines for essential resources such as food, fuel, and medical supplies, leading to a crisis in Gaza. Aid groups warn that over 1 million people in Gaza are at risk of death and starvation by mid-July. Many medical facilities in Gaza have been damaged, raided, or evacuated since October 7, with Israel alleging that Hamas uses hospitals for militant activities. The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has reported a severe shortage of medicine and fuel, causing delays in lifesaving operations. The lack of fuel also threatens water sanitation and hygiene services in Gaza. Aid organizations are scaling back their services due to the fuel shortages. Meanwhile, Israeli forces continue to operate in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, with the Israeli Defense Forces stating that they have killed dozens of militants and raided Hamas hideouts and weapons warehouses. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed “absolute victory over Hamas.” In other news, thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem against a Supreme Court ruling that yeshiva students be conscripted into the Israeli military. Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group claimed to have targeted a command headquarters in northern Israel, while six people, including children, were killed in an Israeli strike on a family home in Rafah. Hamas accused Israel of obstructing cease-fire negotiations, and Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich defended the government’s decision to expand Israel’s presence in the West Bank. An Israeli airstrike targeted the home of relatives of a militant commander in the West Bank, resulting in one death and five injuries. The Gaza Health Ministry reports that since the start of the war, at least 37,877 people have been killed and 86,969 injured in Gaza, with the majority being women and children. Israel estimates that around 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’s attack on October 7, including over 300 soldiers, and 316 soldiers have been killed since the start of its military operations in Gaza.

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